Over the past decade, Pittsburgh’s tech sector has grown, with researchers and startups flocking to the low cost of living and local college talent. But with this growth comes an increased need for local talent in software engineering and programming.
This is where coding bootcamps come in. These short courses guide students through the skills needed for entry-level software developer positions and often help connect alumni to employers. A great resource for those looking to transition their careers as in-person work slowly resumes, these local course and bootcamp offerings can help their graduates secure significant salary increases and other career benefits in their new job.
Here’s a list of Pittsburgh coding bootcamps and workshops for adults and kids, as well as local communities and meetups for those interested in tech careers.
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This locally run bootcamp offers courses in frontend and backend development, as well as relevant UX, design, and soft skills. The program is currently operating remotely due to the pandemic, but will return to in-person meetings when it is safe again.
- When: several 12-week cohorts per year
- $$: $10,000 or a 10% post-program revenue sharing agreement
The Pittsburgh chapter of this multi-campus coding bootcamp currently offers a distance learning program covering programming and front-end frameworks aimed at preparing students for software developer positions. In-person bootcamps are scheduled for fall 2021 and spring 2022.
- When: 14-week sessions held each fall and spring
- $$: $15,950 with scholarships, grants and revenue sharing agreements available
The Pittsburgh location of this national bootcamp network offers part-time and full-time online course options in software engineering, UX design, data analysis, and programming. GA also offers short-term workshops and on-demand learning for those who want a less time-consuming commitment.
- When: Several cohorts offered each year for all courses
- $$: $14,950 to $15,950 for full-time courses, with revenue sharing agreements available
This Lawrenceville-based bootcamp launched in 2018 offers weekly live classes on topics like UI toolkits, web development, and Python. Upstream’s Web Foundations courses are all free, while the more rigorous courses are chargeable.
- When: weekly live meetings for each class
- $$: $599 to $1,199 per course, with some membership discounts
This online classroom offers several daily webinars on UX design, data analysis, app building, and programming, as well as others focused on developing professional skills. Thinkful also hosts large-scale bootcamps in other markets.
- When: Several webinars offered daily
- $$: free
This meetup group offers both a community for those interested in tech careers and opportunities to develop basic coding skills through workshops. All skill levels are welcome to participate. This meeting is organized by Tech Elevator.
- When: Regularly updated event posts on Meetup.com
- $$: free
The local branch of a national IT training network launched in February 2021 in partnership with TEKsystems. It offers two courses: the CompTIA End-User Desktop Support Training and the Full-Stack Java Developer Training. The two are distant for the foreseeable future.
- When: The next cohort of the IT program begins in June, while the next full program is TBD
- $$: free
This local nonprofit organization offers introductory coding lessons for K-12 students through partnerships with schools and community organizations, covering coding, robotics, animation, and computer science. AI.
- When: Curricular or extracurricular programs offered according to the organizational partnership
- $$: free or inexpensive
Sophie Burkholder is a 2021-2022 corps member of Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by Heinz endowments. -30-